The Gotham Independent Film Awards, selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.
Awards are given in six categories along with an Audience Award, which is culled from the 15 nominees for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and Breakthrough Director.
The 24th Gotham Independent Film Awards took place earlier tonight in New York.
Here are the winners:
Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance (previously announced)
Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ana Lily Amirpour for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Kino Lorber)
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award
Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers
Laura Poitras, director; Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky, producers (RADiUS, Participant Media, and HBO Documentary Films)
Michael Keaton for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Julianne Moore for Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight)